WVU student team selected for solar home building contest

Associated Press

WVU's 2013 Solar Home Team

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A team of students from West Virginia University has been selected to participate in a national solar home building contest.

WVU students will combine their efforts with students from a college in Rome, Italy, as part of the Solar Decathlon in October in Irvine, California.

Seventeen teams were selected to participate in the competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Teams have been developing their houses for two years.

The houses will be judged on their energy production and efficiency, along with design, consumer appeal and affordability. The total costs of the houses cannot exceed $250,000, which include $100,000 grants from the Energy Department.

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